German chemical company BASF is joining forces with Farsoon Hi-tech and Laser-Sinter Service (LSS) to develop tailored additive manufacturing solutions for materials, printers, technology and services.
In this cooperation, BASF has developed a polyamide-6 powder for laser sintering processes, which can be jointly adapted with partners and customers for specific applications. Objects made of this innovative material are distinguished by higher strength and heat stability than objects made of the previously used polyamide-12.
"We offer an open platform where customers are free to use materials of any manufacturer," Guido Elbrecht, Managing Director at LSS, explained. "Furthermore our collaboration with BASF and Farsoon is open for potential customers to jointly develop solutions for functional applications where materials, equipment and processing are aligned." LSS supports its customers with consulting, engineering and services for additive manufacturing solutions. With its expertise LSS ensures the successful implementation and production of customer applications using BASF’s new PA6 materials on Farsoon's 3D printers.
"We want to offer our customers materials more suitable for series production, for example of functional components. This is achieved by their processing properties and in combination with the machine of Farsoon," explains Dr. Dirk Simon, Business Director Innovation Business Unit 3D-Printing. "Our material is also distinguished by good recyclability."
Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, Chairman of Farsoon, added: "Farsoon has worked closely with BASF and LSS to develop a system that can offer new process and material solutions to the customer. Our experience in developing laser sintering systems as well as material processing combined with BASF’s experience in material development has allowed for the creation of a highly robust machine suitable for a wide range of applications and materials."
This is Farsoon's second collaboration in recent month's following an R&D partnership with Prodways to develop a range of additive manufacturing systems, which were launched as the Promaker P series at formnext powered by tct today.
The partners are highlighting their collaboration on laser sintering equipment, materials, technology and services at LSS’s booth E81, hall 3.1, at formnext powered by tct in Frankfurt, Germany, November, 17th-20th 2015.